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01 Jan 1992

Joyce B. Cowin, Board of Trustees

Joyce B. Cowin has served on the Board of Trustees of the American Folk Art Museum since 1992 and has the distinction of being the largest financial benefactor in the Museum’s history. She is a founding member of the Museum’s Legacy Society. She is a Smith College alumna and earned her MA in Curriculum and Teaching from the Teachers College at Columbia University. She chaired the Teachers College Alumni Council and has served on the Board of Trustees for over 30 years. Ms. Cowin is the founding donor of the Teachers College-affiliated Heritage School, an arts-themed public high school in East Harlem, has actively supported Manhattanville College, and founded the Cowin Financial Literacy Program through the Teachers College. She has served for many years as a Trustee of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, as well as on the Board of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Ms. Cowin has a longstanding involvement with the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York Historical Society, where she founded the Joyce B. Cowin Women’s History Gallery.